Being More People Favorable and Fat Shaming Issues

FKK Educational Bit About Fat Shaming And Being Folks Favorable:

“Folks favorable,” based on our world view, is about not judging an individual based on anything but the way they behave. Below you may see an interaction that took place last night on the Nudist Portal Facebook wall. However , before you read it, I would love to just make a few points quite clear
The FKK folks positive outlook is one of acceptance. Do we see people who are overweight or underweight? Yes. But it is not our place to judge these people. To begin with, every individual is different, and everyone has health issues. We don’t understand this history, we also do not know what this person is doing as a way to live a healthy life.
By leaping to judgement, people presume that they know what that individual has been through and what physical problems they have been driven to handle. Additionally, the well-being of a man cannot be measured in pounds or inches.
Individuals Positive Fat Shaming
The USA is, for the most part, a free state. People have the right to select how you can lead their lives, and if they are happy then they truly are doing an excellent job. To be able to see the individual for who they are, folks must look past the outward appearances and see the individual for who they really are.
Susceptibility to other individuals is an important focus of the individuals favorable approach we take at FKK. We don’t believe that offering advice on sensitive or personal issues unless an individual asks for an opinion. But if asked, we believe in telling that person just what you think.
We all desire to feel accepted – it’s human nature. One negative opinion (even with honest good intentions at heart) could have a long lasting profound effect on a person’s body image and general head. I mention general head since I am interested in being clear our folks favorable outlook doesn’t begin and / or end with body image and weight.
The folks favorable ideal applies to numerous facets of life and . Bullying is a fantastic example of conduct that cannot and should not be born. Intimidation does not need certainly to mean physically assaulting someone and causing bodily harm. A opinion could make scars that last a life and this really is something we don’t approve of and frankly don’t take.
Our members are anticipated to act and interact in a respectful manner. Sometimes people might unknowingly say things or act in methods could have negative repercussions. In such scenarios we expect those individuals to express some form of sincere remorse (notably since the the comments were not meant to be hurtful). Saying sorry is by no means a show of weakness; if anything, it’s a show of moral and ethical prominence.
Online and offline we encourage folks to think of the repercussions of what they say and how they say it. Understanding our actions influence others is the first step to becoming a people positive and cultured society.
And without further ado, here is the post that began it, followed by the dialogue (I removed individuals’ names as needed for privacy concerns).
We shared a connection to photographer Jose Ferreira’s series, “Body Language”
Brian Anthony Kraemer: I do not think that’s beautiful. If I found a bluebird or a butterfly or a squirrel or every other species of creature that fat I ‘dn’t think it was amazing either. That woman must get on an all plants-established diet (vegan) and keep up her walking along the coastline.
“Mr.Y” Answers: Just how do you know she doesn’t already do all that ?
Felicity Jones Comments: Brian, one of the bases of the FKK value system is that it is not our place to judge what somebody looks like, regardless of how large or small they might be. Comments like yours can go a very long way as far as hurting that individual’s self esteem and self-image. Truthfully, such opinions are downright unacceptable. Stephen also makes a great point.
Research has shown that many overweight people do not eat any differently from lean individuals, and size is often not an exact measure of how healthy a man is. ( could be a thin man who eats nothing but junk food & never exercises!) You do not know this girl, her background, her genes, her diet or exercise regimen, so do not presume to understand what’s best for her health and well being. Why don’t we reiterate, it is not your place nor ours to judge or make medical recommendations.
“Mr.Z” Remarks: I agree with Nudist Portal but I will say that it is difficult to find the balance between fighting obesity/encouraging a healthy weight and also not judging individuals. I might never say anything to offend anyone, but what IS the appropriate means to boost a healthy weight without offending overweight individuals or encouraging sex?
Felicity Answers: “Mr.Z”, what anyone can do is have a healthful lifestyle and lead by example. But other than that we should accept them. And basically only offer help or advice if they ask you for it. It is offensive to visit your own notions of how that man should shift their body or lifestyle, particularly if you do not understand the man’s medical history.
To be proactive, you can even write and talk about it, bring up the problem, and raise awareness. (But it ain’t easy and you have to be dedicated!) This is an excellent article on this topic: ‘What’s Wrong With Fat Shaming? Fat shaming ought to be self explanatory, but it is actually kind of tricky to’ [click here to see the whole article]
Brian Anthony Kraemer Responds: I know my words aren’t politically correct, but I don’t believe the argument that this is healthy. Give me one example of any species on the planet other than human beings who are grossly overweight and still manage to congratulate each other on how lovely they’ve been. If the woman pictured has some kind of thyroid imbalance or other rare physical problem that makes being heavy a necessity, then her efforts to do the best she can with what she’s got, and her effort to beat it, is amazing, but I won’t say the obesity is amazing.
If someone’s face is horrifically marred by injury or disorder, he may be inwardly delightful, his nature, his joy and happiness and strength of character may be wonderful, but I’m not going to put a photo of his awful appearance on Facebook and entitle it, “Some wonderful photographs.” : Brian, the point we were trying to make is about not judging another individual predicated on their look / size. It is *not* about whether you think it’s “amazing” or not. You are entitled to your own opinion about the attractiveness of any piece of art, or what you consider attractive in someone, as is everyone. But judging & fat shaming are distinct, and do not do any good for anyone.
What do you think of the “individuals positive” outlook? Fat shaming? Have you ever experienced Fat Shaming or any type of Body Shaming? What did you do about it?
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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co founder of Naturist Portal.